Leviticus 23, Psalm 30, Ecclesiastes 6, 2 Timothy 2

Psalm 30:1-12

Verse six of this Psalm seemed out of place as I read.  David is praising and thanking the LORD God for saving and restoring his life.  Even though He was angry for a moment, He has restored David's joy.  Then, seemingly out of the blue, David says "As for me, I said in my prosperity, I shall not be moved".  When I struggle with passages, I read other translations to help my understanding. 

New Living Translation - "When I was prosperous, I said, 'Nothing can stop me now!''  Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.  Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered". 

The Message - When things were going great I crowed, "I've got it made. I'm GOD's favorite.  He made me king of the mountain."  Then you looked the other way and I fell to pieces. 

These two translations hit me like a hammer.  I, too, have thought I was unmovable when everything was going my way.  I was secure in my prosperity.  Only to have the LORD hide His face from me. 

Then I understood Psalm 30.  Of course, David was rejoicing and thanking the LORD.  Yes, God had been angry for a moment because of David's prideful assumptions.  But when he cried out to the LORD for mercy and forgiveness, his joy was restored.  God has replaced mourning with dancing and sackcloth for gladness. 

LORD God, I make wrong assumptions all the time about what causes my wellbeing.  Forgive me.  You alone are unmovable and unchangeable.  You are my Rock and Salvation.

2 Timothy 2:7

"Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding."

Have you dealt with a child who so desperately wanted something they became an annoyance to everyone around?  Experience has taught me the quickest solution to the problem is to distract the child with something immediately tangible.  If you can just get the child to think of something else, the desire that seemed so important just minutes before is gone.

As a believer have you ever heard a sermon, read a passage of scripture or had a conversation about the kingdom of God and wanted a deeper understanding?  Did you think, “When I have the time, I am going to pursue that subject more in depth”?  I know I have.  Unfortunately, like the child, I can be easily distracted.  Something new comes along that catches my attention, and my previous plan to pursue the things of God is forgotten.

We live in a time of constant distraction.  I have often thought living in an earlier time with fewer diversions would have been a blessing. 

God blessed me years ago by allowing me a lot of alone time.  Ranching is often a singular experience.  For years, my daily routine was to be going well before sun up to study God's word and then spend my day primarily by myself.  This life allowed me undistracted time to think, pray and study on what I had spent my early morning reading.  I realize now how blessed I have been to be removed from the normal daily distractions.

Since not everyone has the benefit of that much alone time, how do you have time to follow Paul's instruction to Timothy to "think over what I say"?  I don't have the individual answer to your specific situation, but just like you, I know the One who does.

Lord God, Abba Father, I pray for all those who desire to obey Paul's command to think about what You say, knowing You will give them understanding.  Please show them how to have undistracted time with You.  Lord, we confess to being easily drawn away from what we know to be of eternal value to tend to an immediate distraction.  Holy Spirit, You are the one who will teach us all things, so please teach us how to be alone with You, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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